PREVIEW: Gents Soccer to Recognize Nine Seniors Against HBU
Thursday, October 14, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Nine seniors will be recognized at 6:45 pm on Saturday as the Centenary men's soccer team hosts Houston Baptist at 7:05 pm on Mayo Field in non-conference action.

The Gents (0-5-2) are looking to gain their first season win after making an impressive showing in league play over the last three weeks.

Senior Heath Cox paces the offense with three goals, while juniors Aaron Bergman, Tate McIntyre and Marcos Rodriguez all have one. In goal, senior Rennie Walker has played in all seven contests, making 38 saves for a .760 save percentage.

Houston Baptist enters the matchup with a 2-6-1 overall record and is led by Kristopher Tyrpak with four points on two goals, while teammate Tanner Fyfe also adds four points on one goal and two assists. Keeper Chris Dodd has made 39 saves in nine games played, but has allowed 16 goals.

This will be the second time Centenary and Houston Baptist have met this season as the Huskies secured a 1-0 win over the Gents in Houston on Sept. 18.

"Saturday night's game versus Houston Baptist should be a good rematch from earlier this season where HBU got the best of us in a close game. The Gents look forward to this rematch and hope to even the score," said head coach David Orr.

"HBU has been a great opponent the past two years and we know another great game is in store for us Saturday night."

Saturday's contest will be highlighted by pregame recognition of the nine Centenary seniors: Heath Cox, Zac Farrar, Micah Goodwin, Dragan Hinic, Brian Hurlburt, Adam Nerio, Ian Osteen, Rennie Walker, and Ryan Watson.

Cox, a two-year letterwinner for the Gents, came to Centenary after playing two seasons at Queens University of Charlotte. From Lubbock, Texas, Cox currently leads the team with six points on three goals and has been named Summit League Player of the Week earlier this season.

"I've known Heath back when he played youth soccer and I was extremely proud to see him go off to Queens. To my great surprise, Heath chose to transfer from Queens to Centenary, however, I couldn't be happier with his decision. Heath made an immediate impact with his size and athleticism. He has taken his senior year on the soccer field seriously, and it's paying off," said Orr.

Farrar hails from Fort Worth, Texas and is a four-year member of the Gents at the mid-field position for Centenary.

"Zac was one of the first members of the Gents squad I met back in the Spring of 2008, when he was a freshman. Unsure of the talent we had here at Centenary College, Zac revealed himself as both a talent on and off the field. He is an exceptional young man and it's awesome to see his personal maturation throughout the last three years! With his drive and commitment, there is no doubt he will continue to be successful post college," said Orr.

Goodwin is a local product out of Caddo Magnet HS in Shreveport and has been with Centenary for three years.

"When I learned that Micah would be transferring to Centenary College two years ago, I was excited! Here we had a local product and great young man. Micah embodies a team player, shows exceptional maturity and is a young man with wisdom beyond his years. It's been a privilege to be his coach," said Orr.

Hinic, a native of Belgrade, Serbia is playing in his fourth and final season for Centenary.

"Dragan is a serious competitor and works tirelessly to improve his craft. He addresses everyone with complete courtesy, which embodies the Gentleman title. I don't believe our men's soccer team has had many Serbian's other than Dragan, but we should! He is a special young man who sees an opportunity and goes for it, successfully," said Orr.

Hurlburt is from Coppell, Texas and is playing in his third season as a Gent after attending Limestone College for a year.

"Probably the biggest soccer "junkie" I know. His love to play shows all the time as he's like a kid on the playground. He knows when to be serious, but he seems to really enjoy playing this sport, which rubs off on many of his teammates. His passion to play this game is a joy to be around. Brian's future is very bright, but I wouldn't be surprised if soccer is a daily staple throughout his lifetime," said Orr.

Nerio, a standout on the cross country team and a native of San Antonio, Texas joined the Gents soccer team while he completes his degree.

"Adam has been an exceptional student-athlete here at Centenary College, first with a stellar four-year career as a cross country runner and now as a member of Centenary's men's soccer team. It's no wonder why he was so successful prior to joining the soccer team, as he has an awesome work ethic and is an exceptional teammate," said Orr.

Osteen came to Centenary three years ago, but unfortunately suffered some key injuries, sidelining him for most of his career as a Gent.

"Ian is another player I knew in youth soccer prior to attending Centenary College. He was going to be a major impact on this team, but not in a way most would have assumed: Ian has an awesome personality; he is a good leader and could be one of the funniest people I know. What's also exceptional about Ian is that he is a tremendous athlete! Ian always posed a problem for me as a coach as I couldn't figure out what position to play him, because he was very good in almost all positions. Unfortunately, injuries ended his career early. In keeping with Ian's high character, he chose to stay active with the team, assisting in day-to-day operations of the team. I'd try to convince him to stay another year, but law school awaits," said Orr.

Walker, a native of Lake Charles, La. is a solid goal keeper has made a strong contribution for the Gents in net for four seasons.

"What can't you say about a two-time High School state champ, high school National All-American and Louisiana High School state player of the year? Rennie has lived up to the expectations! I regard him as one of the best shot stopping goalkeepers I've ever coached. He has a great work ethic, especially in the offseason and you know you can count on him to be awesome, when called upon. He is leaving Centenary, but not after setting very high expectations for the goalkeeper position," said Orr.

Watson is also a local product out of Captain Shreve HS in Shreveport and has been a consistent contributor for Centenary all four years.

""Timmy" as he is so affectionately referred to as, Ryan is an awesome athlete. Many times you can measure a man's character by how hard he gets hit, but still remains standing. Ryan has been hit hard with injuries over the past few years, but keeps standing and improving. Formerly an outside midfield player, Ryan has been moved to the forward/striker position with great success! There isn't a team out there that likes to cover this kid. Ryan shows great knowledge of the game as well, and I hope to see him on the sidelines coaching in years to come," said Orr.

"It's hard to believe how fast time flies and to see the maturation of our senior class has been exceptional. They have improved as people each year, both on the field and in the classroom."

"Centenary College will miss these Gentlemen, as they have been a great example of the character that makes up a student-athlete here at Centenary College. They, each, will be missed," said Orr.